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I have XP Home edition,  The windows search companion is blank when I select search files or folders.  I have reinstalled search assistant, followed the instructions on Microsoft for blank fields, (installing search assistant, registering vbscript.dll and also expanding jscript.    

What else can I try.
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by:flubbster
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If you have Microsoft Desktop Search and/or Google Desktop, please try un-installing them. Google causes this problem many times, and the Microsoft Search can conflict with search assistant in some cases.
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by:dixmoor32
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I uninstalled google toolbar, but didn't have google desktop installed.   How can I tell if I have microsoft desktop search installed?  
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If you have it, it should be listed in add/remove programs. Look for an entry that says either "windows desktop search", or "MSN Search Toolbar with WDS".
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by:dixmoor32
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It's not installed  I looked and can't find it.  Even looked in updates to make sure.   Any other ideas.
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by:Jonvee
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Was this the article you tried?   >>>
"Several dialog boxes are blank":
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=831430


Further possible assistance>
"Search Companion blank ... :
http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/1083625219


Less likely, but it may help>
Error Message: "A File That Is Required to Run Search Companion Cannot Be Found":
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q319949
Was this the article you tried?   >>>
"Several dialog boxes are blank":
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=831430


Further possible assistance>
"Search Companion blank ... :
http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/1083625219


Less likely, but it may help>
Error Message: "A File That Is Required to Run Search Companion Cannot Be Found":
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q319949
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by:Jonvee
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Sorry, double posted ..
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by:Jonvee
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Presume you have checked for Malware.  Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is excellent:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

You could also run the system file checker.
Start>Run    
type >>          SFC /scannow

http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html
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by:dixmoor32
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yes I looked at article 831430.  Article 319949 is for sp1,  have sp3 installed.  I ran scannow also.  I have virus software installed no virus.  I ran trendmicro online Housecall and had not viruses or spyware.  Any other ideas??/
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i resolved the problem.   I ran regsvr32 %Windir%\srchasst\srchui.dll.  and then reinstalled search assistant.  


I found it on the following link:
http://www.tech-archive.net/Archive/WinXP/microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support/2006-06/msg02483.html

thanks for everyone's help.  
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